August 13th hasn't been one of the greatest days the history but it has notable for a few reasons, most notable it was, in 1950, the day in which the world welcomed Thai great Saensak Muangsurin who would go on to become a world champion in just his 3rd professional bout. At the time Muangsurin became the clear holder of the world record for fewest professional fights to become a world champion, a record he now shares with Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko.
Exactly 28 years after Muangsurin's birthday we then welcomed Thangthong Kiattaweesuk, AKA the Thai Machine Gun. Thangthong didn't go on to have a career as memorable as Muangsurin but when he died, in 2012, he was on the verge of an IBF Super Bantamweight world title fight. Sadly he was just 33 when a motor vehicle accident took his life, and that of his wife and two nephews.
On the subject of death we lost the great Payao Poontarat on August 13th 2006 when illness sadly ended his life. Payao had been Thailand's first Olympic boxing medal winner and went on to win the WBC Super Flyweight title before becoming a politician.
In 1996 Japanese fans saw Keiji Yamaguchi make the first, and only, defence of the WBA Light Flyweight title, defeating Carlos Murillo who he had also beaten for the title just 3 months earlier.
A year prior to Yamaguchi's victory we saw Nobutoshi Hiranaka, the younger brother of Akinobu Hiranaka, fall short in his sole world title fight. Hiranaka was beaten by Eloy Rojas in a contest for the WBA Featherweight title. Sadly Hiranaka also died early, aged just 31, also from injuries suffered in a car accident.
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